At long last we have finished our first home! This new home is the L Large Lofted model (please view images below). There are a couple of new standard features that we tried for the first time in this home that we are very excited about. We were not happy with the way that our railings have turned out in the past, purchasing components from other vendors. So we decided to take matters into our own hands and built our own railings. They are made with half inch painted steel spindles with railings and posts that we hand milled from cherry logs that we harvested. We also used, and hope to use in the future wherever possible, barn doors for passage between rooms.
There were also a few customizations that we made to accommodate the client's particular needs. Firstly, a crawl space was built instead of a full basement because there was concern about ground water level. The home was built next to a pond. This meant that there was no need for interior access to the basement. A Bilco door was instead used for basement access and the client opted for split tread stair access to the loft in order to save floor space. For those who aren't familiar with split tread stairs please view the image below. They are twice as steep as traditional stairs and look like a fancy fire escape. Secondly, instead of having a blind corner cabinet in the kitchen, they decided to put a drawer cabinet facing the other way into the adjoined bedroom for bedroom storage. Thirdly, they decided to utilize the "dead space" above the bathroom (which is essentially attic space with very low ceilings) by adding flooring, lighting, a triangular window and a barn door to create a "fort" area for the kids. I must admit, as a 29 year old I am still a little jealous.
We are proud of what we have accomplished and work to continue to raise the bar for the quality of each new home. Frankly, I think this new home makes our office look a little drab by comparison. In the wise words of Buzz, "never make your mock-up as good as your finished product because you want to pleasantly surprise your clients."
For a full set of images please visit our new Galleries Page on our website.
We are currently in the process of building two more homes, one in Enfield and one in Lansing, and we will begin another in the City of Ithaca in the next week or two. These homes will all be Big Cubes. The Big Cube seems to be our most popular model so far. Buzz insists that we need to make new Tiny Timber t-shirts that read "I love The Cube" but so far this has not come to fruition. I've included progress pictures below for your perusal. The Enfield home is getting the finishing touches on the rough-in and we just set the basement for the home in Lansing. Our client in Enfield opted to only partition off a small area upstairs for the bathroom and a closet, leaving the rest of the space open. We think this really adds to the aesthetic of the space.
In other news, we have acquired our new Dieci machine! In a way... A month or two ago Buzz took a trip to Italy to explore new rotating telehandler machinery. We intended to use the machine as a crane, a forklift and a man lift. Buzz was happy with what he found and ordered a Dieci that fit the bill. It was sent on a freight to the U.S. and was in transit from the port to Ithaca when it got "wadded" under a bridge. In other words, there wasn't enough clearance going under the bridge and the cab of our new machine was crumpled. It went a little something like THIS.
Now we have to wait for our new machine to be built and shipped to us. In the mean time, the lovely folks at Duke are allowing us to use a comparable Dieci machine from their fleet till our new machine arrives. It has helped us out immensely.
Finally, we have been working on a new form of lighting for the first floor where there is no drop down ceiling. We didn't like the idea of continuing to use wall sconces because we don't find them to be an appealing light source. We have therefore been experimenting with embedding LED lights on the underside of the ceiling beams. This is a much more contemporary form of lighting that we think adds a lot of character to our designs. We hope to be able to implement this idea into all future homes.
That's all for now! Thank you for reading.